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Lamwo Ayuu Alai Sugarcane Out-growers Cooperatives Society Starts Operations

Mohamoud Mohammed, the Executive Director of Horyal Holdings Investment Limited; the company undertaking the sugarcane production project says formal operationalization of the cooperative society follows a successful verification exercise of beneficiaries conducted by government and the district.
Mohamoud the executive director HORYAL, Francis Ojwiya interim chair Ayuu Alali Cooperatives and James Kidega Lamwo RDC Photo By Dan M Komakech (2)

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Ayuu Alali Sugarcane Out-growers Cooperatives Society in Palabek Kal Sub County, Lamwo district has commenced operations.  

Ayuu Alali Sugarcane Cooperatives Society is composed of over 3500 households of out grower farmers drawn from the Sub Counties of Palabek Kal, Lokung, Palabek Gem and Palbek Ogili in Lawmwo district who have embarked on sugarcane production in the Tim Ayuu wilderness in Palabek Kal.

Abdi Mohamoud Mohammed, the Executive Director of Horyal Holdings Investment Limited; the company undertaking the sugar production project says formal operationalization of the cooperative society follows a successful verification exercise of beneficiaries conducted by government and the district.

Horyal Investment Holdings Company Limited, a subsidiary company co-owned by the Government of Uganda, is managing Atiak Sugar Works in Amuru district where out-grower farmers will supply their sugarcane for sugar production. 

Mohamoud says as part of inception, the cooperative society commenced on Friday with convening an annual general meeting, issuance of certificates to beneficiary farmers, allocation of cane farms with each beneficiary receiving 5 acres and opening of bank accounts.

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The Interim Chairperson of Ayuu Alali Sugarcane Out-growers Cooperatives Society Francis Ojwiya, says the annual general meeting highlighted milestones, challenges and possible solutions to glitches being faced during the sugarcane project implementation that kicked off three years ago.

In 2018, Horyal Holdings Company Limited received a grant from the government through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADs) to open up the 15,000 hectares of land, clear land and plant cane on a lease agreement of five years and later hand the sugarcane plantations to the Cooperative Society.  

According to Ojwiya, what has been resolved now is to conduct nominations of members of the cooperative society board and subsequent elections of substantive office bearers due for March 2021.    

Ojwiya however called on the cooperative members to avoid being coerced into entrusting the society into hands of leaders who are not vibrant, lack integrity, are  dishonest, not transparent if the governance and efficiency of co-operatives is to be achieved. 

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Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Kidega Nabinson says the initiative is a reaffirmation towards the government's commitment and interventions of reviving cooperative societies in the country. 

Kidega says the project is evidence of the various initiatives in which poverty is being fought since the cooperative society will help beneficiaries achieve their dreams to potentially become what they desire to be; be it educating their children or eradicating poverty from their families. 

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Kidega called on cooperative members to embrace the project saying it holds the government's vision of poverty eradication and economically empowering rural populace.